Bruce Richard Le Beau, 77, of Bettendorf, Iowa and formerly of Mobridge, South Dakota, passed away peacefully surrounded by his closest family on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Bettendorf.
In accordance with Bruce’s wishes and directives, there will not be a service, visitation or wake. Bruce has chosen to be cremated and will be laid to rest along with his wife and daughter at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 2, 2021 at Rock Island National Cemetery so that he may join all of his military brothers. Those wishing to attend the service should meet at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf by 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
Bruce was born March 13, 1944 in Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota, the son of Lloyd & Helen (Azure) Le Beau.
Bruce grew up on the family ranch south of Mobridge on the Cheyenne River Reservation. He was a member of a band called The Wonderlands. The band was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. This early 1960’s group of four musicians recorded a 45 RPM record titled “Make Up and Break Up” written by lead guitar player and singer Bruce Le Beau. The flipside was an instrumental titled “Castaway” also written by Bruce Le Beau.
Bruce enlisted in the Army and was part of the First Engineer Battalion as a demolition specialist in the 3rd Platoon of C Company where he and two others volunteered to search the Viet Cong tunnels (this was before these men were known as Tunnel Rats.) Bruce was wounded three times while serving his year in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Rifle Expert Medal, Republic of Vietnam Good Conduct Medal and the Army Commendation with Merit Medal.
After leaving the Army, Bruce spent years as a rancher on the family ranch, worked as Conservation Officer for the State of South Dakota, became a machinist at the Rock Island Arsenal and later retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs with the Eagle Butte, South Dakota school system as a route bus driver.
Bruce was united in marriage to ElWanda Azure (Pridemore) on October 25, 1968.
Those left to honor his memory include his sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey & Sarah Le Beau of Muscatine, Iowa and Randall & Eugenia Le Beau of Bettendorf; his grandchildren, Chelsea (Dan) Woods, Ethan Le Beau, Bruce J. Le Beau and Luke Le Beau; his great-granddaughter, Kaylee Woods; his sisters, Theresa Ducheneaux and Patsy (Virgil) Hertz; his brother, Wesley (Maida) Le Beau; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, ElWanda, Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Tiffany; and his brother, Stuart.
In lieu of memorials to the family, they request that if you are able, please consider becoming a lifetime blood donor. Were it not for the great people who donate blood, it would not have been possible for Bruce to have had the last few years of time spent with family and friends. Bruce was receiving 1-2 units of blood every other week for the longest time and then weekly most recently. If you are unable to donate blood, the family requests any memorials be made in Bruce’s name to your favorite military charity.
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